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Bradley tells of more irregular heartbeat


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 21, 2000

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa -- Bill Bradley said Thursday night that he had suffered four episodes of irregular heartbeat in the past five weeks but said he did not feel it was necessary to disclose them until reporters inquired.

Bradley, who is challenging Vice President Al Gore for the Democratic presidential nomination, left the campaign trail in California on Dec. 10 after he forgot to take his medicine and his heart went out of rhythm, a condition known as atrial fibrillation. His campaign said that was the seventh episode since the condition was diagnosed in 1996, so the recent episodes occurred at a much faster rate.

"I confirm that I've had four episodes since then," he said. "They have all been for short durations, and have converted without any medical attention."

Asked if he would reconsider whether to stay in the race, Bradley smiled and said, "What?"

"It has absolutely no impact on the race or my capacity to have a schedule or my intensity of campaigning," he said. "It's not a matter of being tired, you don't feel weak, it's just this odd sensation."

Nebraska's Sen. Kerrey won't run for re-election

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, a Vietnam War hero once considered a rising political star, announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election this year, dealing a serious blow to Democratic chances of capturing a majority in the Senate.

Kerrey, 56, who won the Medal of Honor for leading his Navy SEAL platoon to safety after a firefight in Vietnam that cost him his right leg, said at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., that he has grown tired of the Senate and is eager to return to private life.

Kerrey's departure leaves the GOP favored to win the Senate race in Nebraska. That, combined with tight races for Democratic seats in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Nevada, has dimmed the party's Senate prospects.

Today on the trail

George W. Bush meets supporters and walks the streets of several towns. Gary Bauer discusses farm policy in Huxley, Sen. Orrin Hatch visits a Des Moines hospital and Steve Forbes continues his bus tour of the state

Sen. John McCain, who is not competing in Iowa, will be in the South Carolina cities of Orangeburg and Hilton Head.

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